TMS is an innovative therapeutic option for patients with treatment-resistant depression and/or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Treatment-resistant depression occurs when you’ve tried at least three types of medication without getting relief from your symptoms. You might also experience intolerable side effects that negate the benefits of your medicine. TMS for OCD can be used along with other therapies.
TMS is a pharmaceutical-free option that uses a magnetic pulse, similar to the magnetic field created in an MRI, to stimulate neurotransmitter activity in your brain. The team at Live Well Psychiatry offers a 20-minute TMS treatment or an express treatment that takes 3-12 minutes.
The team at Live Well Psychiatry personalizes your treatment, using your scores on the depression and anxiety surveys completed before each appointment. The also uses neuro-cardio targeting to hone in on the best place to position the device on your head.
Insurance usually covers the 20-minute TMS treatment, and Live Well Psychiatry offers an affordable self-pay option for the express treatments.
The team at Live Well Psychiatry uses TMS therapy to help patients with treatment-resistant depression. Generally, if you’re in good health, aside from your depression, you are most likely a candidate for TMS.
You shouldn’t have TMS therapy if you have any metal in your head, such as aneurysm clips, cochlear implants, or brain stimulators. Titanium plates and metal dental fillings are nonmagnetic and safe for TMS treatment.
During TMS treatment, you sit in a comfortable chair, and your provider positions the TMS device near to your head. They use precise measurements and neuro-cardio targeting to identify the exact location for treatment.
When the equipment is in place, they turn on the TMS machine to create the magnetic pulse. Your treatment can last between 3-20 minutes, depending on your specific needs and the type of TMS therapy your provider recommends.
TMS therapy is painless, although you might feel or hear a tapping sensation. You don’t need any sedatives, so you can drive yourself to and from your appointments. TMS treatments don’t require downtime to recover, and you can return to work and other regular activities immediately.
The team at Live Well Psychiatry recommends that you participate in counseling, behavioral activation, or life-journaling to complement your TMS therapy.
If you’re interested in TMS therapy, call Live Well Psychiatry today.
The TMS machine we use, MagVenture, is FDA approval for treating OCD.
The new rapid-acting Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy for treatment-resistant depression works in days instead of weeks, and may have implications for use in other mental disorders. Nolan Williams, M.D., Assistant Professor, Director, Interventional Psychiatry Clinical Research and Director, Brain Stimulation Laboratory at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Stanford University Medical Center explains how this non-invasive treatment works.
Each month The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation hosts a Meet the Scientist Webinar featuring a researcher discussing the latest findings related to mental illness. In April, 2018, the Foundation featured Dr. Mark S. George of the Medical University of South Carolina.
This video is from 2018 and now we are closer to have answered the questions of the site to treat and intensity.
Nikki Ryan Stornetta
Medical Assistant/TMS Technician
Medical Assistant/TMS Technician